What To Do If Your Teeth Are Sensitive (5 Helpful Tips)

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Do you have issues with your teeth being really sensitive and even feeling pain when simply eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth? If so, this blog provides you with some solutions to relieve your sensitive teeth of pain, and perhaps, solve this issue for you once and for all. We outline 5 helpful tips for you if you are dealing with sensitive teeth:

1. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Using toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth is a great starting point for dealing with your sensitive teeth. Desensitizing toothpaste contains ingredients such as potassium, fluoride, & strontium salts. These ingredients in combination are used to not only reduce tooth sensitivity but also work together to strengthen the tooth’s enamel. In essence, not only will you have toothpaste that desensitizes your teeth, but also one that will help make them less sensitive in the long term. If you are looking for desensitizing toothpaste, take a look at this article, which goes through the best toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

2. Rinse Your Mouth With Salt Water

This age-old home remedy applies to a variety of dental issues. However, when it comes to sensitive teeth, saltwater helps by balancing the pH levels in your mouth, and thus reducing bacteria growth. As a result, over time the sensitivity of your teeth should reduce in mild cases. In order to get the best results, we advise you to do a saltwater rinse once in the morning after waking up and once in the evening prior to sleeping till things improve. Watch this Youtube video to see how to easily make a saltwater rinse.

3. Use A Different Tooth Brush

Sometimes your simply brushing too hard or the bristles on your toothbrush are too hard. This not only reduces your enamel over time but also causes your gum tissue to shrink back. This results in your teeth becoming sensitive. A simple solution here is to first start brushing a bit more lightly, and second, is to get a different toothbrush. You may ask though, what type of toothbrush should you get. The best toothbrushes for your sensitive teeth are those with soft bristles. Here is a list of the best toothbrushes for sensitive teeth that you may be able to get.

4. Avoid or Minimize Eating & Drinking Acidic Foods & Drinks

Consistently having acidic foods and drinks leads to increased sensitivity in your teeth. As a result, we advise you to avoid or minimize eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages. You might be asking though, what are acidic foods and drinks? Well lucky for you, Broadway Smiles has a handy list for you of 10 acidic foods and drinks that you should avoid or minimize here:

  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Soda / Pop
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Deep-Fried Food
  • Alcohol
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Candy
  • Margarine

5. Visit Your Local Dentist

While there are a number of home remedies that you could try in order to relieve your sensitive teeth, these may or may not work. Visiting your local dentist who can take a closer look at your teeth is the best way to ensure that your sensitive teeth get taken care of by a professional. It could be as simple as prescribing you a desensitizing toothpaste or it could be as serious as needing a root canal due to having a deeper issue. In fact, we recommend you visit your local dentist every 6 months in order to prevent major dental issues that may occur if your teeth are not taken care of by a dentist. 

Live in Vancouver and have sensitive teeth? If so, feel free to book an appointment at Broadway Smiles’ Vancouver dental clinic with Dr. Dhia. Dr. Dhia is a local Vancouver dentist who specializes in helping those with sensitive teeth, preventative care, and dealing with apprehensive patients.